Saturday night, Spurs travel to Anfield in the hope of securing only their seventh win in 72 visits to Anfield. With Leicester playing on Sunday against Southampton, a win here tonight is vital for Spurs as they look to put pressure on the league leaders. A loss for Tottenham would only add hope to Leicester’s title winning dream and many say that if Spurs fail to deliver here tonight, then the Premier League winners would be decided come Sunday.
For Liverpool, their season has been incredibly inconsistent and they currently sit ninth in the league meaning that if they want any chance of getting European football next season, a win tonight is an absolute must.
Following the international break, Erik Lamela is expected to miss out as he picked up a knock during Argentina’s friendly matches. Toby Alderweireld, who missed both of Belgium’s friendlies due to illness, is expected to start. Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie remain out following knee problems.
For the reds, James Milner is back from suspension whilst Alberto Moreno is expected to return to the Liverpool side tonight following a hamstring problem. But , Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke are out due to respective hamstring and knee problems.
What the managers say
Klopp has had mixed fortunes since arriving on Merseyside
Jürgen Klopp has labelled tonight’s tie a “Cup Final” for Tottenham as he recognised the critical nature of tonight’s fixture and how important it is that Spurs put pressure on Leicester before their fixture.
He said: “We’re really looking forward to a really , really important game for both sides , and maybe for Tottenham it’s something like a final”.
On the other hand, Mauricio Pochettino simply underlined the importance of the Tottenham squad remaining focused and keeping a fighting spirit as the season comes to an end. He said: “We are in a good position but we need to keep fighting”.
The final word
Being the first game back from the international break, it’s vital that the Tottenham boys are focused right from the beginning because one silly slip of concentration could have dire consequences come the end of the campaign.
Spurs have had many nights to forget at Anfield and have had some incredibly embarrassing results there over the years.
The lilywhites must show Leicester, and the rest of England, that they are ready to chase the Premier League title to the bitter end with victory in a fixture that Spurs have rarely seen end triumphant.
This could be Tottenham most important trip to Anfield, ever .
Written by Matt Boon